Anderson Cooper takes a dig at Ivanka Trump after her father’s remarks on Jewish Democrats
Anderson Cooper at the Turner Networks Upfront on May 16, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Anderson Cooper brought Ivanka Trump into his analysis of President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Jewish Americans.
Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president, converted to Judaism before she wed husband Jared Kushner.
The host of CNN’s “360” dug into the commander-in-chief on his program Wednesday, after Trump told reporters: “Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
“It should be noted that throughout history calling Jews disloyal has been a common anti-Semitic trope,” Cooper said. “It’s been a pretext to exclude Jews, or take their businesses, or put them in ghettos, or expel them, or expel them from schools or exterminate them.”
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Cooper added that: “Ivanka Trump must be very proud of her dad tonight, and you probably can just watch for an Ivanka leak in the coming days about how she tried to talk her father (into)… (changing) that kinda language.
“It’s a classic Ivanka move,” he continued.
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Ivanka for comment.
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The president’s remarks come after days of headlines about the relationship and ties between the U.S. and the Jewish state of Israel. The past week has been a turbulent time as Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Trump and top Israel officials have all sparred over the progressive lawmakers’ record of criticizing Israel.
“Where has the Democratic Party gone?” Trump continued Tuesday. “Where have they gone that where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel?”
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign in Orlando on June 18, 2019. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN, AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka previously spoke about her religion in a 2015 interview with Vogue, explaining she “always shied away from it being a public conversation because it’s such a personal thing.”
“It’s been such a great life decision for me,” she added. “I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”
She said in observing the Sabbath, she and her husband keep the weekends very low-key: “From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.”
Contributing: Savannah Behrmann
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